Getting It Right: 7 Ways To Improve Your Corporate Training Program

| November 12, 2018

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Creating a corporate training program that works and aligns with your company's goals is hard. This list of 7 actionable tips based on years of corporate training experience will make it easier.Building and managing your employee training program has become much easier with modern training platforms. But designing and running it correctly is still the responsibility of the training manager. Like most things, getting a corporate training program right can be challenging at first, but becomes easier with practice. To save time and benefit from our experience, here are 7 tried and true tips to help you improve your employee training and development.While study-at-your-own-pace eLearning is a great alternative to traditional training for most cases, it's not meant to replace it entirely. Certain skills are still better taught in person. This category includes skills that involve physical action (e.g., operating hardware equipment) or depend on personal interaction (e.g., sales techniques).

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Alliant is a private university accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), offering graduate study in psychology, education, business management, law and forensic studies, and bachelor’s degree programs in several fields. Alliant's California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the PhD and PsyD clinical psychology programs.

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